Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



Reading is one of the most complex skills mankind has developed. Before the invention of printing, only a favored few learned to read. The basic task in reading is to discover the meaning intended by the author. Before adequate comprehension is possible, there must, first of all, be understanding of spoken language. The printed equivalents of words must then be learned so that they can be distinguished one from another and recognized quickly and accurately# The eyes must learn to work together in precise coordination and to follow the printed symbols quickly and rhythmically across the page# Good understanding is the end result of this complex process.

The efficient reader must be able to recognize the printed symbols, to move his eyes effectively across the page, to read with reasonable speed, and to understand what he reads. These four factors - word recognition, eye movement, speed, and comprehension - are fundamentally important and their significance must be understood by anyone concerned with the teaching of reading.

Statement of Problem- Realizing the complex nature of the art of reading and the need for improved reading ability^ the problem in this instance then, is to determine: " To What Extent is There Evidence of Deficiencies in The Reading Ability of Negro Children of Waller County? What Are Some Probable Solutions for These Difficulties ?"

Committee Chair/Advisor

A. C. Preston

Committee Member

R, L, Jeffreys

Committee Member

E. M. Norris


Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View




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